Oklahoma City Thunder star centre Steven Adams didn't realise while playing in the NBA this year that he would be playing against another Polynesian athlete. Adams is part Tongan and revealed to media in Auckland during a press conference that he bumped into Miami Heat player James Johnson who is part Samoan on the NBA court. The 25-year-old Kiwi noticed Polynesian tattoos on Johnson's calf during a game. "He just had Samoan tatts on his calf and I was like 'oh uce?'" asked Adams. "And he was just like 'sup uce.' "I was like 'what the? You're the man.'" Adams is back in the country promoting the game of basketball, hosting the first of three camps for young aspiring basketball players around the county. The camps are held in Auckland, Palmerston North and Dunedin. Uce is an unformal Samoan way of addressing someone as 'bro' and derrives from the word uso which can be used to describe a sibling as brother or sister in the Samoan language.
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Winston Peters' greatest quips A collection of the Acting Prime Minister's most interesting moments
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The contingent from Skibbereen Rowing Club stand out for more than one reason at Lake Karapiro. Source: 1 NEWS
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The Kangaroos and Mate Ma'a Tonga rugby league Test is finally happening, with Tongan star Manu Vatuvei crediting teammates Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita for sparking the conversation. Vatuvei said Taumalolo, Fifita and other players' decision to stay with Tonga after their success at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, played a big part in having a Test confirmed against Australia next month.
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One of the newest gangs to hit New Zealand, the Comancheros, gave a chilling message to 1 NEWS today, saying "we are growing". The gang is a big problem in Australia and now 14 members have been deported back to New Zealand because of strict immigration rules. The Comancheros are notorious across the ditch, hitting the headlines in Australia last week after their former boss was shot in a gym carpark. 1 NEWS got in touch with the Comancheros who said they're growing in size and that they're strict on who can become a member of what they call the brotherhood. Despite the claim police say the numbers here are still small. "There are three patched members and potentially three or four prospects. "They seem to have a bit of a tie into the Tongan community in Auckland which is not surprising because some of them are Tongan also," Detective Inspector Greg Williams told 1 NEWS. Police are monitoring the New Zealand branch closely to try and avoid a repeat of violent scenes witnessed in Australia.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern found time to do a quick Facebook Live from backstage before her appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert today. Ms Ardern is in New York attending the UN General Assembly, and gave an update on what she had been doing and the meetings she had attended. During the live stream, her update was briefly interrupted as she received direction from a producer of the show, and she jokingly apologised, saying she was "doing a Facebook Live at a most inappropriate time". Ms Ardern has received considerable media attention during her trip, largely due to her bringing baby Neve and partner Clark Gayford along with her. The show was pre-recorded and is expected to air on US television this afternoon.
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Air New Zealand looks to head off global pilot shortage set to dramatically impact aviation 1 NEWS
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Man killed in South Auckland double shooting had gang connections 1 NEWS NOW TVNZ
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Upcoming teen pole-vaulter Olivia McTaggart has been selected in the track and field team to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. She is not the only McTaggart competing at the Games, with her brother already in the New Zealand weightlifting team to compete in the April Games. "It was very proud brotherly-sister moment and he's been waiting for it. He was a bit sceptical because I hadn't got it for a while (call) it was actually this morning when I found out," said McTaggart. "He always knew that I would be going and for us to both be going is really cool." McTaggart said they were always destined to compete alongside each other on the world stage. "We've been looking towards this moment ever since we were gymnasts, really little."
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Air New Zealand have announced they will be launching a new long-haul flight to Chicago out of Auckland Airport. From November 30 it will fly three times a week to the US city, with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners taking up the 15-to-16-hour trip. House of Travel's, Brent Thomas told TVNZ1's Breakfast today Kiwis are already flocking to the long-haul flights from New Zealand as they want to "stop over in different places". "It's going to be another opportunity to see the mid west America or the eastern seaboard of America," Mr Thomas says. The new route would also benefit tourism in New Zealand, Mr Thomas says. "New Zealand is a very favourite of Americans, they love coming down here." It will also open up options for travellers from Europe coming into Chicago to then making their way to New Zealand in one flight. "As well as being great for travellers, this new route is good news for New Zealand, as we expect it to contribute around $70 million annually to our economy," Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon said.
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Mangatepopo River canyoning tragedy remembered 10 years on 1 NEWS NOW TVNZ
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Chiefs halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi is set to make his debut for the All Blacks from the bench against Argentina on Saturday in Nelson, with head coach Steve Hansen saying the time is right to unleash him. The 23-year-old has been in the All Blacks squad since the June series against France. Hansen said the Rotorua-born halfback has embraced his selection and has the qualities to thrive at the international level. "He's a typical halfback, he's pretty chirpy," said Hansen. "He's a chirpy wee fella and has a lot of self-confidence which is what you need from those wee guys." Tahuriorangi has played only a handful of games for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby this year and starred in Taranaki's 26-19 win over Counties Manukau last week at Pukekohe. "We've taken our time with him and he hadn't played a lot of rugby during Super Rugby.
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Tonga's Olympic flag Pita Taufatofua has sent a special message to his people tonight after the Pacific nation was battered by Cyclone Gita earlier in the week. Taufatofua represented Tonga at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is competing in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the cross-country skiing event. "The Tongan people and Pacific Islanders have a very unique personality - they laugh at everything," said Taufatofua. "They joke about everything, they do it in a way that they can make light of anything – it can be the most worst possible circumstance. "They'll find some way to turn it into a positive and that is something very unique about Polynesians." Taufatofua said the heart of the Tongan people and culture will help them get through. "If there is a specific message to them you know we will rebuild," said Taufatofua. "We've been rebuilding for a thousand years, we've had cyclones come before. "What hasn't been affected is the heart of the people. "Buildings we can repair but the core values and the core strengths of the Tongan people, no cyclone can come through and affect them – that hasn't been touched. "And that's what is going to get our people through this."
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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was today adamant the informal dinner held at Winston Peters' Auckland home last night was "delghtfull", but Mr Peters added part of the reason was he didn't inflict his own cooking on her. The pair of Foreign Ministers joked about the dinner at Mr Peters Auckland home in Saint Marys Bay last night which included a late guest - Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern. Asked whether Mr Peters cooked for his dinner guests he jovially replied: "No, I think Ms Bishop deserves better than that. But I organised it though." Ms Bishop was quick to turn things back to a sincere tone, saying the private dinner was a sign of the diplomatic closeness of the two countries. "I think this indicates the closeness of our relationship, the fact that the Deputy Prime Minister invited the Australian delegation to his home and was so gracious in his hospitality, inviting the Prime Minister to his home, shows the depth of our friendship, and it was a very delightful, charming evening," Ms Bishop said.
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After public pressure forced New World and Countdown to commit to a ban on single-use plastic bags, Kiwi actor Sam Neill has now joined the fight to save the oceans from the plastic menace. The Jurassic Park and Hunt for the Wilderpeople star has joined forces with Greenpeace to star in a quirky new ad. The tongue-in-cheek ad sees Neill chomping down on a plastic bag and giving out facts on the negative impact they have on the world's oceans. "Fun fact, there are country-sized islands made up of single use plastic bags out there in the Pacific," Neill says with a manic grin. The advert ends with text on screen saying: "Single use plastic bags, if you like them so much you eat them".
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'I think I'm just here to finish it off' Humble Crusaders winger Manasa Mataele on hot form 1 NE
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Mitchell Pearce has backed Kalyn Ponga to succeed in Newcastle's halves next year if coach Nathan Brown makes the move. Brown revealed last month he would speak to Ponga over the off-season about a possible switch from fullback to five-eighth for 2019, and that he would leave the decision in the 20-year-old's hands. And Pearce said if Ponga was moved into the halves to accompany him it would be a great fit for the Queensland State of Origin rookie after he led the club for try assists, linebreak assists, linebreaks and tackle busts this year. "I definitely think that's where there's no doubt his game suits that position," Pearce told AAP. "There were times there he was only our chief ball-player when I was out and different guys (were out). "Being a young guy and still coming up with match-winning plays in a team that as far as stats go isn't winning the play-the-ball and the run metres and that sort of stuff. "It's quite hard to play as a half with that."
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Kiwi Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist David Nyika took his training up a gear this morning, getting into the ring for some sparring with fellow heavyweight Junior Fa, and UFC fighter Israel Adesanya. Travelling up from Hamilton to get some sparring in, Nyika joined up with the duo at City Kickboxing in Auckland for a quick workout. "I'm looking at kicking some shins today, I want to take someone down and beat them up," he joked. Nyika then spoke about the prospect of squaring off against Adesanya, with the adopted Kiwi UFC star adept at more than one combat sport. "He's a world class mixed martial artist, but he's also a world class boxer." "He's probably one of the best boxers in New Zealand at the moment." "I'm not blowing his horn, but he's an outstanding athlete so it's awesome just to be in this environment." After taking home Commonwealth Games gold in Australia earlier this year, Nyika now has his sights firmly set on Olympic glory in Japan in 2020, having to keep himself busy in the meantime.
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Hundreds of mourners, including NZ Police, attend slain backpacker Grace Millane's UK funeral 1 NEWS
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Pop powerhouse Katy Perry hits our shores next week to wrap up her Witness tour in Auckland. TVNZ1's Seven Sharp reporter Carolyn Robinson flew to Brisbane to interview the singer, who says there's a special reason why Auckland will get the best show of the lot. The 13-time Grammy nominated artist was last in New Zealand in 2014 and is playing Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 of August at Auckland's Spark Arena. Find out Perry's plans for her crew in NZ and what she thinks of our Prime Minister in the video above.
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Auckland Zoo have welcomed back two lions, after half-brothers Malik and Zulu made their way from Wellington Zoo to Auckland’s Africa precinct today. “Malik and Zulu are very charismatic lions and will be missed at Wellington Zoo, but we are thrilled that the Auckland community will be able to connect with the males and learn more about this incredible species,” says Jo Richardson, Animal Care Manager at Wellington Zoo. Their journey to Auckland Zoo included a drive from Wellington Zoo to Palmerston North’s airport, then a flight to Auckland on a New Zealand Post cargo plane. They were then driven to their new home, where they were born 14 years ago. In June, Auckland Zoo made the tough but kindest call to euthanise its remaining lions, elderly females Kura and Amira, the mothers of Malik and Zulu. Wellington Zoo, also home to female lions, is enabling the half-brothers to stay at Auckland Zoo for a period while it is without a pride.
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Australian Government finally reveals number of Kiwis locked up on Christmas Island detention centre
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MPs from across the House have been critical of Massey University's decision to cancel former National leader Don Brash's speaking event. National Party leader Simon Bridges called it "completely a disgrace". "This is a university, and hello, universities should be encouraging free speech, we should allowing debate even on the most controversial of subjects. Don Brash would be right at that end of things." Massey University today released a statement saying members of the politics club "approached University management concerned about their ability to meet the agreement’s terms around security after becoming aware of social media posts suggesting the event could lead to violence". "The University considered providing additional security for the event, but decided the risk of harm to students, staff and members of the public was too great, particularly at time of heightened tension over the issues around free speech and hate speech," the statement said. Education Minister Chris Hipkins said it would not a be a decision he would have made, however the decisions made are up to the university. "I think Universities have got a really important role to play in protecting and promoting free speech," he told media today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it seemed to be "an overreaction on the part of the university". ACT Leader David Seymour said today Ms Ardern "should be sending a strong message to universities that if they undermine freedom of expression they will be defunded".
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NZ's recycling system fundamentally broken report 1 NEWS NOW TVNZ
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Exclusive More than 10,000 overstayers in NZ and Immigration not actively looking for most of them
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Spectacular new pictures of killer whales have emerged from Antarctica, as a group of scientists from the University of Canterbury return home from the frozen continent. The orcas put on a show for the cameras as they made their way south along what's known as the "Whale Highway" in the Ross Sea. "It's their home, they're wondering what we're doing and within ten minutes they started showing up and checking what we're doing," Dr Regina Eisert from the University of Canterbury told 1 NEWS. The team has set up underwater acoustic recorders and time-lapse cameras, with the data allowing scientists to trace the orcas' movements and match their sounds to identify individuals. "We know nothing about them basically. We don't know how many there are and we don't know how they'd be affected by fishing," Dr Eisert said. Skin samples are also being taken to analyse the killer whale's diet and DNA. The study also hopes to help maintain the protected status of the Ross Sea region.
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Victoria University student societies are assessing their relationship with top law firm Russell McVeagh after allegations of sexual assault against its female law students. The incidents reportedly took place two years ago at social functions, and involved more than one woman. Victoria University Vice Chancellor, Grant Guilford, told RNZ today, two older lawyers were involved in the incidents, and it had lasting effects on the young women. "[It] leads to all sorts of emotion - the loss of self confidence," he said. "But also, guilt, which of course is completely an inappropriate emotion, but is what many of these young women feel." The police were involved but no charges have resulted. Newsroom.co.nz, which revealed the allegations on Wednesday, said two incidents happened at Christmas functions and another at the El Horno Bar in Wellington. The New Zealand Law Society, meanwhile, was unable to confirm whether or not a sexual misconduct complaint has been laid. Law Society President Kathryn Beck says any form of sexual harassment is totally unacceptable in legal workplaces and there is no doubt that it is covered by legislation, but she was unable to disclose any information about complaints made. "The purposes of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 are to maintain public confidence in the provision of legal services, to protect consumers of legal services and to recognise the status of the legal profession." A senior partner at Russell McVeagh, Pip Greenwood, told RNZ the firm's board were aware of the allegations and conducted an internal investigation.
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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says her ire with the New Zealand Labour Party has subsided, having previously accused them of interfering in her deputy prime minister's citizenship saga. ut her irritation with Labour's Australian equivalent continues. Ms Bishop met new Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for the first time on Friday night, dining together at the home of Foreign Minister Winston Peters in Auckland. She had previously suggested she would find it difficult to trust the Kiwi Labour Party after alleging in August that it colluded with the Australian Labor Party to question Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's citizenship. Mr Joyce was later ruled ineligible to sit in parliament by the Australian High Court, and only returned to his New England seat via a by-election. On Saturday, Ms Bishop told reporters she was assuaged by Ms Ardern's vocal criticism of Labour MP Chris Hipkins' involvement in the saga, who reportedly helped fish for information into Mr Joyce's status as a Kiwi citizen.
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Breakfast's Matty McLean assisted by sign language interpreter as he forecasts wet and wild weekend
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Child development expert Nathan Wallis' six top tips for baby's first 100 days 1 NEWS NOW TVNZ
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A one-of-a-kind Rainbow police car for Auckland's Pride Festival has been unveiled on TVNZ1's Seven Sharp tonight. Inspector Tracy Phillips and reporter Lucas de Jong did the honours in Hamilton, unveiling the car with its special rainbow livery, live on air. Sitting in the car was a diversity relationship volunteer. The Rainbow car has been created to mark New Zealand Police's commitment to diversity and to acknowledge the important relationship between police and New Zealand's Rainbow community. Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the Rainbow car is a visible representation of the police value of diversity. "As an organisation we look to encourage staff to 'use who they are' not 'lose who they are' when becoming a police officer." "Therefore it's important to encourage staff to show pride in the communities they represent," he says. "We are a diverse organisation and I am proud of the work we've done over recent years to build relationships with the LGBTIQ+ community. "I also encourage members of the LGBTIQ+ community to join us as future police recruits as part of our current recruitment drive," Mr Bush said. Uniformed Police staff will accompany the Rainbow car at the Auckland Pride Parade on Saturday February 17. Commissioner Bush will also march in the parade, along with four members of the Police Executive, Deputy Commissioner National Operations, Mike Clement, Deputy Commissioner Resources, Audrey Sonerson, Deputy Chief Executive People, Kaye Ryan and Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs, Karen Jones The Rainbow car follows police's Te Reo Pirihimana car, which was designed to support Maori Language Week.
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A member of the national rhythmic gymnastics team is going to remarkable lengths to live her dream of competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Twenty-four-year-old Katherine Paton has the enormous dedication, focus and ability of her teammates, but her medical condition makes her even more remarkable, Seven Sharp reported. Ms Paton has renal failure and must have kidney dialysis four times a day. "I have end stage renal failure from a genetic mutation. So I have zero kidney function. The only thing that's keeping me alive is this dialysis. Without it I would live two weeks," she explained at her home. "This is my life, four times a day, every day, hook up to my machine." Ms Paton said she had a transplant in 2008 from her mother who was the same blood type. "That lasted eight years which was great. I got to go out and live my life. But then of course rejection happened and the kidney had to be removed."
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Three years with the Wallabies is helping Mario Ledesma transform the Pumas into a more disciplined and, ultimately, better team. Argentina coach Ledesma faces his stiffest test since taking charge last month when they play the red hot All Blacks in Nelson on Saturday. The South Americans are coming off a rousing win over South Africa in Mendoza two weeks ago, having opened the Rugby Championship with a loss to the Springboks in Durban. The former long-serving Pumas hooker has set about implementing a more structured style to a team he believes had focused too much on skills and not enough on fundamentals in recent times. They won just two of their last 18 Tests under predecessor Daniel Hourcade, slipping to ninth in the world rankings. Signed to a four-year contract, Ledesma wants to build from the base up, determined to restore defensive fundamentals and a reputation for power scrummaging that has been lost. As forwards coach for Michael Cheika's Wallabies from 2015-17, Ledesma absorbed the importance of working within a structure.
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A lone unidentified fish spotted at Kapiti marine reserve has local and international marine scientists baffled. At least 15 fish experts from New Zealand, Australia and Chile have said they've never seen a fish like this before after viewing photos. The distinctive 20cm fish, that looks like a tarakihi but has distinctive markings like a red moki, was first spotted by Kapiti local Ben Knight in mid-January. The chairman of the Guardians of the Kapiti Marine Reserve conservation group has since found the fish at the same site three times. On Tuesday, he visited the site with NIWA marine biologist Malcolm Francis, who described seeing a new fish swim up to him after being a diver for 50 years as "amazing". He said there are two theories on the origins of the fish that scientists are discussing. Mr Francis said it may be a hybrid of the red moki and tarakihi or could be a species that came from overseas and has never been identified before. Both situations are highly unusual and more information is needed, he said. Divers are being asked to view photos of the fish so they can keep an eye out and alert conservationists if they see it or others. It's illegal to take the fish for genetic testing unless it's found outside the protected marine area.
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Breakfast's Daniel Faitaua blames 'helicopter parents' for school cancelling prizegiving 1 NEWS NO
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It would look more at home in Rotorua, but a "mud volcano" near Gisborne is causing huge interest among the science community. The phenomenon is discharging cold sludge over around a hectare of farmland in the Waimata Valley, submerging trees. Highly explosive gas continues to make the soft centre bubble more than a month after it blew. However, Dr Murray Cave from Gisborne District Council says they still don’t know a lot about it. "We are still trying to figure out exactly what they are, we have a good idea that the material that comes up, comes up from very deep in the earth's crust," Dr Cave told 1 NEWS. It's estimated it erupted for nearly five hours in December, spewing 10,000 cubic metres of sticky mud across the farm. Dr Cave believes the eruption could have been triggered by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which hit the region in September 2016. "There was lots of cracks and ruptures right here where this mud volcano erupted so there is that association with earthquake activity." The region has 15 known mud volcanos, with some close to homes. It’s hoped information gathered from this eruption can be applied to the rest. "We are hoping that that type precursor movement that happened from the earthquake two years ago gives us more of a warning of what can happen here so we can address this issues before they happen," Dr Cave said. GNS are also involved in the study which is believed to be the first documentation of a mud volcano from its beginning.
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A family of 11 people reportedly leaving the Gloriavale Christian community on the West Coast for a new life in Timaru are receiving help from a Givealittle crowdfunding campaign. Timaru woman Liz Gregory and her husband Graham set up the page to try and help the family "start their lives from scratch". Leaving the community will mean they are shunned and will no longer be able to contact the people there. "It's a very difficult decision to leave, and it means they may never see their family and friends again. They have to start their lives from scratch in an unfamiliar environment," the Givealittle page reads. The campaign has received significant support, including clothing and even an offer of employment for the father of the family. So far over $1000 has been raised via the crowdfunding drive.
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The trend of ultralight backpacking is growing in popularity here in New Zealand, with hikers going to extremes to carry as little weight and gear as possible. And while it has its advantages, it's raising questions around safety. Czech man Rostislav Nevlud is walking the 3000km Te Araroa trail – a tramping route that stretches the length of the New Zealand. "If you are just ultralight, you can go so far so fast," he says. The base weight of his pack (excluding water or food) is 3.6kg. Nevlud says that surprises most people. Ultralight backpacking has been popular in the United States and Europe for more than a decade, and is becoming more common in New Zealand. Many Kiwis are still wrapping their heads around the concept – including tramper Paul Halkett who recently met a couple of American ultralight hikers on the Queen Charlotte Track. "I thought, 'where are your clothes? what size is your sleeping bag? what about emergencies?"
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'Not a drop of alcohol passed her lips' Seven Sharp co host Hilary Barry breaks her ankle 1 NEWS
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Watch Speaker Trevor Mallard apologises after accusing Simon Bridges of making 'smart a ' comment
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The "corrosive" issue of deporting New Zealanders from Australia looks to continue despite Australia being "family, in every sense of the word", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today after the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders' Meeting. "New Zealand has no better friend and no greater ally than Australia," Ms Ardern told media, while standing alongside Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison. "Our economies are amongst the most integrated in the world, with significant trade and investment flow, and we are stronger together on the international stage." She said the "special bond" between the two countries would "only expand given our intertwined nature of our societies". Ms Ardern said the discussion with Mr Morrison was "friendly and very useful" and covered the trans-Tasman single economic market agenda and the Pacific. The pair also exchanged gifts, with Ms Ardern giving Mr Morrison a Warriors jersey. A new Australia and New Zealand Electronic Invoicing Board was announced for e-invoicing, which is estimated will save $30 billion over 10 years. However, the leaders also touched on contentious issues, such as the deportation of criminals who have lived in Australia since they were children.
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Supreme Court runway length ruling grounds some of Air Chathams' fleet 1 NEWS NOW TVNZ
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"Unprecedented" 3D imagery of Hikurangi subduction zone hopes to hold the key to secrets of "slow slip" quakes. The US research vessel, the Marcus Langseth with a group of international scientists on board, has arrived back in the port of Napier after five weeks away mapping fault lines off the North Island's East Coast. "It's not just a map it's even better than that, it helps us make a 3D image of the subduction system so we can see all the faults in their complexity," lead geophysicist Dr Harold Tobin told 1 NEWS. Researchers have been setting off over 40 sound sources in the water attached to 24 kilometres of cables with pressure sensors attached called seismic streamers. They record the echoes that bounce back off the ocean bed. The data is recorded every 30 seconds every day for 30 days, creating a detailed map of layers beneath the sea floor. "We can see the strong spots or the week spots on the fault or the places where it's got complex structure and places it's got simple structure and all that helps seismologist and geologist." It's hoped the mapping will help better understand the phenomenon of "slow slip" earthquakes which occurring frequently in the Hikurangi subduction zone. Dr Dan Barker from GNS Science who has been on the vessel the past five weeks says the shaking from "slow slip" earthquakes isn't felt.
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Family of 12 year old girl who died after Palmerston North police pursuit address 'hateful co
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Antarctica is to provide an unlikely stage for a first of its kind dance performance, to help demand attention for climate change. Top Kiwi choreographer Corey Baker, and one of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's premier dancers, Madeline Graham have headed to the ice, after a final rehearsal in Christchurch in the midst of the heatwave. They’ll be at Scott Base for 15 days to perfect their performance. "When we get there we're going to respond to the environment so we have to really observe the beautiful structures, the glaciers and the ice, and use that architecture to help inspire movement," Baker says. Graham has a special outfit designed for the extreme environment and has been practicising at the Wellington Ice rink to prepare. "Different surface, very slippery, we've been down to the rink in Wellington to kind of test out a few moves try some spins and turns," she says. The aim of the dance, which will be filmed for a documentary is to raise awareness of climate change. "Hopefully beautiful but also powerful, we'll be able to share a message around climate change that sticks with people in a different way," Baker says. The four minute dance will be broadcast by the BBC on Earth Day in April.
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A few All Blacks stars have shown their support for Tongan language week by introducing themselves in their native tongue. Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ngani Laumape, Richie Mo'unga, Shannon Frizell and Ofa Tu'ungafasi greeted fans in Tongan, in a video posted by Mo'unga on social media last night. "Happy Tongan Language week," Mo'unga posted on Instagram.
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Heley Patuwai shot to fame a few years ago for bodyboarding down the Huka Falls. A couple of weeks ago he re-appeared in Bali, monstering a massive wave, again on his body board. He had gone to Uluwatu which is famous for big waves, to do just that. Heley got back to New Zealand yesterday, and talked to TVNZ1's Seven Sharp exclusively about the ride, and conquering fears. Watch his daring feats and find out what drives him to do them in the video above.
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Today marks 20 years since the unsolved murder of Kirsty Bentley, but DNA advances bring new hope Today marks 20 years since the unsolved murder of Kirsty Bentley, but DNA advances bring new hope Today marks 20 years since the unsolved murder of Kirsty Bentley, but DNA advances bring new hope
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Many of the world's strongest men regard Zydrunas Savickas as the strongest of them all. This week the Lithuanian, who's dead lifted 524kgs, is in the country mentoring young lifters and inspiring gym bunnies. Savickas is the owner of 80 lifting world records and has won The World's Strongest Man competition four times. In the run up to a competition Savisckas consumes 8000 calories daily, with a Big Mac at 504, that means gobbling up the equivalent of 16 a day. Thankfully in Lithuania, they like their spuds. "We have 10 different dishes cooked from potatoes and potatoes is very good to gain weight," he told 1 NEWS. At 43 he isn't looking at retiring yet and is enjoying mentoring young lifters. Savisckas will hold two seminars in New Zealand, with the first in Christchurch tonight.
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